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Assange moved to isolation cell as supporters protest jailing
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to an isolation unit in the British prison where he is being held on allegations of sexual harrassment. Protests in support of the jailed whistleblower were scheduled in Spain, the Netherlands, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru on Saturday.
Assange was transferred out of the main section of Wandsworth prison “for his own safety, presumably”, said Jennifer Robinson, one of his legal team.
Assange is getting no recreation time in prison and is having difficulties getting phone calls out, Robinson complained.
He has not been allowed to have a laptop computer in his cell, but his lawyers have requested one.
Robinson also revealed that the legal teams would argue that a prosecution in the US under the Espionage Act would unconstitutional but denied that they believe such a move is imminent.
Assange is due to appear for the second time in a London court on Tuesday after being arrested on an international warrant issued by Swedish authorities.
Allegations made in the latest leaked cables include:
- The US has had a secret cell to fight “Islamist terrorism and organised crime” in Barcelona for the last two years and believes that Catalonia, the Spanish state of which the city is the capital, is the centre of radical Islamist activity on the Mediterranean;
- The Vatican refused to cooperate with a 2009 probe into child sex abuse by priests in Dublin because the Murphy Commission did not go through official channels;
- The Pope helped secure the release of 15 British navy personnel detained by Iran in 2007;
- Mining giant BHP Bilton lobbied the Australian government to bring down a proposed multi-billion dollar deal between its rivals Rio Tinto and China's Chinalco.